Movers & Shakers 4/05/15

The University of Alaska Anchorage named Samuel Gingerich to its top academic administrative position. He brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to his new role as UAA’s provost. Gingerich has served as UAA’s interim provost since January. Most recently, Gingerich worked as South Dakota University System’s vice president for academic affairs. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Montana State University and worked as a professor and researcher prior to his various senior leadership appointments.

Roger Wilson has accepted the position of general manager of UIC Oil & Gas Support. Wilson will be responsible for oversight of daily operations as well as pursuing innovative business growth strategies within the thriving Arctic oil and gas industry. Wilson boasts a career spanning 26 years in North Slope materials management and logistics, including 17 years in management positions. He also brings strong safety culture and environmental stewardship and is a life-long Alaskan. Roger was raised in Barrow and has a strong reverence for the Iñupiat culture and the land.

Clyde Cossette has accepted the position of Health, Safety, Environment and Training manager at UIC Design, Plan, Build. Prior to joining the UIC Design, Plan, Build team, Cossette spent nearly a decade working on the Kuparuk oilfield, performing in a variety of health and safety-based capacities. Most recently, he served as generalf, where he managed a team of 70 employees. Cossette holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota and has earned a number of health and safety certifications throughout a career spanning nearly 30 years. Rachel Kenshalo has accepted the position of director of Marketing and Communications. Kenshalo is a life-long Alaskan and a graduate of the University of Alaska. Prior to joining UIC, she was Operations director at Northwest Strategies, a full service communications firm in Anchorage, where she served a number of clients, including several Alaska Native organizations. She brings 15 years of experience in communications and marketing. She has also been a freelance writer for more than 10 years.

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors Chair Janelle Pfleiger announced the appointment of Bruce Bustamante as the Interim President of the organization. Bustamante over the past few years has worked as the president and CEO of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, vice president of Community and Public Affairs for Princess Cruises and most recently was the interim Visitor and Convention Bureau Director for Lincoln City, Ore.

Todd Montalbo has joined Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., as a financial advisor, and opened new office in Juneau. Montalbo will be part of AGP Wealth Advisors, an Ameriprise private wealth advisory practice. AGP Wealth Advisors is headed by CEO Randall Linde, who has been recognized as a Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisor for four years running. Montalbo has been a financial advisor for seven years, following 10 years as a small business owner.

PDC Inc. Engineers has added Angela M. Smith, PE, as a senior aviation engineer to its Anchorage civil team. Smith has managed airport paving, lighting, taxiway, apron and nav-aid design projects nearly continuously during her 16 years of practicing civil engineering in Alaska. She has an in-depth understanding of federal-aid project needs, poor soils, pavement, and structural section design. Smith also offers her extensive knowledge of FAA planning and design requirements.

The American Institute of Architects announced that longtime Fairbanks architect Charles “CB” Bettisworth was elevated to its prestigious “College of Fellows.” The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects has elevated 147 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of 85,000, there are more than 3,200 members distinguished with this honor. Bettisworth was principal in charge on many notable and award-winning Alaska projects including the TCC Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (2013), Fairbanks International Airport Improvements (2009), Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center (2009), Denali Elementary School (2007), Birch Hill Ski Building (2003), Rabinowitz State Courthouse (2012), Fairbanks Marriott Springhill Suites (2001), and the Southeast Alaska Visitor Information Center (1995). He is well known in the profession for his outstanding mentoring and support to two generations of intern architects. Bettisworth has served on many Alaska boards and commissions including the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission, Local Boundary Commission for the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs, Board of the Alaska Professional Design Council, American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter/Northern Section Chair, Fairbanks Rotary, Golden Heart Community Foundation, Junior Nordics Organizing Committee, Chair for Event Fund Raising and the Fairbanks Downtown Association Board of Directors.

R&M Consultants Inc. announced Christine Gibbs has earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer designation. The CPSM certification is administered by the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the only marketing organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. There are currently six CPSMs in Alaska, including two at R&M. Gibbs joined R&M in January 2012. She is a senior marketing coordinator with more than six years of experience in business-to-business marketing, including strategic planning, graphic design, website design, and public communications. Since joining R&M, Gibbs has successfully led the proposal effort for many of R&M’s current projects including the City of Houston Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision, the City of Seward Northeast Harbor Fish Cleaning Station project, and the Homer Deep Water Dock Expansion Feasibility Study. She is also responsible for external communications and supports the firm’s many marketing initiatives. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Drema Fitzhugh has joined Hawk Consultants LLCS as business development manager. She will be focused on securing new clients and new employees and maintaining relationships with our current clients. She comes to Hawk with 17 years of experience in oil and gas business development and marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston. She will be based in the Anchorage office.

At an event at the Hilton New York, GCI executive Tina Pidgeon was recognized by Multichannel News as a 2015 Wonder Woman, an award that was given to 13 influential women nationwide from cable operations, technology, programming and media sales. Pidgeon, GCI’s general counsel, chief compliance officer and senior vice president of governmental affairs, is well known in the communications industry for her expertise in a wide range of services and issues, including retransmission consent, universal service and wireless network competition. In 2014, she was included in Multichannel News’ “Women to Watch” list.

Sen. Dan Sullivan opened his Fairbanks office and announced Leslie Hajdukovich as his special assistant for the Interior. An active member in the Fairbanks community, Hajdukovich most recently served as a statewide co-chair of the “Vote No on 1” campaign. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Hadjukovich also served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board from 2005-2011, including three years as President.

PND Engineers Inc., announce the following new employees in its Anchorage office. Ingrid Martin Cogdill joined the firm as marketing manager. Ingrid, a former news journalist, has extensive engineering industry marketing experience and formerly worked as PND’s marketing director from 2000 to 2008. Cogdill holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Rachelle Branstetter was hired as marketing associate. Branstetter is a recent University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English rhetoric. Jake Kopplow, E.I.T., joined PND as a staff civil engineer. Kopplow holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Idaho State University and has several years of hands-on experience in construction and engineering, including construction project management and field engineering. 

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04/01/2015 - 1:45pm

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